>> so we begin with the 11th hour debate over the national security agency controversial phone records collection and a part of the patriot act the house overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make changes in the extension of the law which expires on june 1st. >> we should not establish an alternate system that contains a glaring hole in its ability to function. namely the complete absence of data requirement. >> efforts to extend a program. already declared. how can we abstain from an illegal act? >> libby casey in washington. what is going to happen here for the holiday recess? >> we have two deck ladies,
june 1st, the patriot act expires, but the memorial day recess starts--what time it now? --at any moment. they're trying to get this through. what is most likely to happen at this point is the short-term extension of the patriots patriots act. when this comes up again and rand paul much kentucky, who ran a talk-a-thon to protest the patriot act wants it in writing and guarantee that he'll be able to introduce some amendments. pass the freedom act. that's what the house passed earlier this month.
that would end that bulk collection of phone data. but there are enough republicans who are not supportive of that. one is jeff sessions of alabama said he does not like the idea of the phone companies hanging onto that data instead of the government. >> these companies have flatly refuseed to commit to retain this data in their computer systems for any period of time as contemplated by the house unless legally required to do so. and the bill does not require them to do so. >> as long as you've got resistence from guys like jeff sessions, who are supportive of extending the whole patriot act and extenses from democrats and libertarians is what might make this prevail. >> what happens if the senate
fails to act here? >> that could happen. >> right. >> the patriot act would expire, and we're hearing warnings from the nsa that if they don't come up with something quickly they would have to stop both data collection. and people like rand paul are totally okay along with liberal democrats. we heard warnings from the likes of press secretary josh earnest of the white house to prevent it from it all shutting down. >> we have people in the united states senate playing chicken with us. we're in a situation where they're saying we're going to try to do a two-week extension on or a short-term ex-pension of these critical national security authorities. and to play chicken with that is grossly irresponsible. >> so we'll watch what happens over the next couple of hours tony. it will have to wrap up at some
point. probably this weekend. >> okay, libby casey for us in washington. thank you. now to the latest in the fight against isil. an iraqi tribal leader says isil fighters captured the town just a few miles east of ramadi. the seizure puts isil within striking distance of a key iraqi military base. isil fighters have killed nearly 300 soldiers and pro government militiamen since the groups have controlled the ancient city of palmyra on wednesday. and a group claiming to be isil's newest affiliate said it was behind an attack on a mosque in saudi arabia. 21 killed and dozens more injured. we have more were riyadh. >> the mosque was packed with worshipers at the moment of the explosion. security forces say they're exploring how the suicide-bomber
managed to get in the mosque and who he's affiliated with. in the eastern part of the country about two months ago armed men open fired on a shia mosque killing seven people. they also targeted security forces and foreigners. the government in saudi arabia blames groups affiliated with radical groups like al-qaeda and isil for launching such attacks and also ex-axe certificate bait the sectarian tension in the country. now with this new claim of responsibility by groups affiliated with isil this is something that is going to raise many concerns here in saudi arabia. last month security forces say they arrested 90 people affiliated with isil and poised attacks across the country particularly against the u.s. embassy in the city of riyadh.
they're recruiting saudis to join. and this is going to prompt security forces in the country and it goes against the backdrop of saudi-led air strikes. >> iraq is appealing for more international help to take on isil. it's vaning towards baghdad. >> some of these men will be sent deep into iraq's sunni heartland to fight isil. others will stay behind. a strategic town that the islamic state in iraq and the levant have tried to control in the past. for these shia militiamen this battle is not just about recapturing territory. they are protecting groups from anbar towards southern iraq to prevent an isil attack in neighboring sites.
>> i volunteered to join this battle to protect our holy science. we don't want isil to advance further and threaten the holy sites. campus of regular forces are weak and efforts to create a non-sectarian army has failed. it also lies on a junction with roads south to saudi arabia. north to ramadi where there are highways to the iraqi capital of baghdad and to neighboring jordan and syria. isil has captured the last border crossing between syria and iraq. it controls most of that frontier and it's fighters move freely between the two countries. >> the u.s. which leads the coalition with isil down plays the gains. president barack obama said that the loss of territory were tactical setbacks and insists
that the war is not being lost, but many disagree. isil has taken over two cities in a week. ramadi and iraq and palmyra in syria. ramadi is 100 kilometers were baghdad. it is also the last major city on the the road to iraqi capital. and palmyra is 150 kilometers from syria's central province of homs, which is on a major ross cross road. they would reclaim homs from the opposition. as it loses there damascus in the coastal region would be under threat. for now isil controls the and a ramadi. in iraq the fight against the armed group is led by shia militias. over recent months isil may have been on the defensive. that has now changed.
al jazeera baghdad. >> for the first time since coalition airstrikes began in iraq and syria last summer the pentagon is reporting civilian casualties officials saying that an u.s.-led airstrike most likely killed two children. kimberly halkett has more from washington. >> reporter: this is really the first time we have the pentagon acknowledging civilian deaths since the start of this u.s.-led campaign eight months ago. you're right this is the result of a four-month investigation the pentagon saying that these civilian deaths of children likely occurred on november november 5th as well as 6th this was at parentally an effort to target a al-qaeda cell, but the numbers do contrast. the numbers we get from the human rights there were reports of 200 people killed since the start of this campaign. 131 of those civilians. now the pentagon is saying it's looking into two other reports of civilian casualties, two
deaths in iraq as well as one in syria. there is a lot of revisiting, if you will of strategy that is taking place in washington in recent days. the president, of course, defending so far the strategy, acknowledging this is just a tactical setback. but at the same time the state department and the pentagon saying that they will--the u.s. will be sending an additional 2,000 anti-tank weapons these are shoulder-fired type weapons to support the iraqi forces as well president obama saying there is need to ramp up sport as well as equipment but still acknowledging that this has been a major tactical setback. >> the state department released the first batch of hillary clinton e-mails that she kept on her private account. the release came just as clinton was campaigning in new hampshire, the first 2016 presidential primary state. >> a lot of these back here-- >> at a new hampshire company on friday, hillary clinton eyed the
key ingredients the government got a look at her e-mails. 900 pages related to libya and the bengahzi attack on the personal account that she used as secretary of state. >> i said i want to release as soon as possible. and they're in the process of doing that. >> the e-mails show clinton was highly interested in the events surrounding the september september 11th, 2012, attack that killed four americans including ambassador christopher stevens. after the raid with the presidential election looming members of the obama administration suggested that bengahzi was related to other protests over an american anti-muslim video. >> this began an upon takennous not premeditated response to what transpired in could i glow as republican outrage grew on september 24 2012, a' mail said you never said spontaneous.
you were careful to say we were assessing motive and method. the way you treated the video in the libya context was to say that some sought to justify the attack on that basis. in tracking the political fall out and claims that she was misleading many of the e-mails between clinton and her staff are routine exchanges still others are heavily redacted. many of those are labeled sbu as sensitive but unclassified. the fbi blocked the release of one e-mail saying the contents are now classified. >> that doesn't change the fact that in the e-mails was handled appropriately. >> do you have some concern that it was on a private server? >> no. >> one reason clinton may not be concerned is because right now that's as far as the criticism and this controversy may go. the e-mails do not contradict
her previous statements about bengahzi or under cut the state department's handling of the attacks. but all of the clinton e-mails released in public were vetted by her own attorneys. to assume a self-selected record is complete when no one else had the duty or responsibility to take part of the selection a strange strain credibility. >> do you regret delighting 32,000 e-mails mrs. clinton? >> the questions and the awkwardness for clinton may linger. the state department said in the months ahead more batches of clinton e-mails will be made public. that means more reminders that clinton kept government e-mails on a personal account flouting government rules. >> talks between the united states and cuba wrapped up in
washington without an agreement. both sides report progress, but it is not clear what is holding up efforts to restore full diplomatic relations. senior washington correspondent mike viqueira has more from washington. >> there were high hopes going in no question, but after the fourth round of talks between u.s. and cube negotiators, still no break through in opening embassyies in havana. there had been four round of negotiations prior to this u.s. official saying this could be the final one. there are some outstanding issues that remain on the cuban side. there is upset and they're disappointed about embassy programs carried around the world. so-called democracy programs training journalists and training in technology that cubans want a halt to that.
other issues on the table how much freedom will u.s. diplomats have to travel within cuba? how big of a staff will be permitted within the u.s. embassy in havana, and how big a presence will cuban security forces have around the facility? that is a key issue because many quitics say that there are far too many cuban police and military forces intimidated cubans who may want to go into the embassy to talk to americans for travel or business purposes. this is high on the list for americans. they want as much contact with the cubans as american diplomats who would be posted in havana. they want as much contact as possible. as for the talks. roberta jacobson who led the talks on the u.s. side. >> we're persist and engagement in none isolation as keys moving forward. we've made significant progress
in the last five months and we are much closer to reestablishing relations and reopening embassies. >> there is still opposition. house speaker john boehner said that there are talks behind the scenes to see what they can do to derail this process. this is as a practical matter very little they can do. that's an executive branch function. however the trade embargo and only congress can lift it. so far republican leaders say that is a none starter. they're not going to act to do so. meanwhile at the white house optimistic talk this week president spokesman josh earnest left open the possibility that president obama could visit havana before the end of his term. >> the promise of improving relations between the united states and cuba have been having a dramatic effect on arts and cuban artists will be the next big thing.
sales of cuban art is on the rise here in the united states. >> this is what the arrested world would like to call an emerging talent. the 36-year-old defected six years ago taking odd jobs in miami and painting in his spare time. but thanks in part between changes in the u.s. and cuba, he now paints full time on his pieces that sell for thousands of dollars. >> in a way i feel lucky but it's been a lot of work. i think the time has changed. >> the historic change in relations are still in the early stage. miami's long established cuban art galleries are getting significantly busier. in the past year sales have doubled as interest has grown. >> we're seeing a curve. we're seeing a curve that's moving up, and it's very with
regarding to finally see the recognition that cuban art deserves. >> art from cuba is a rare exception to the u.s. trade embargo when collectors have been illegally buying it for years. it's a difficult process that many predict will get much easier if travel restrictions are eased further. private collector says that cuba's new generation could benefit from change. >> the emerging artists are those who are going to blossom if there is an opening vis-a-vis the u.s. >> while complexes are too expensive for many of us to consider, each piece opens a window to the world that many north americans are not familiar with. the quality of the work is the driving force behind the renewed interest in cuban art.
>> the polls are closeds in ireland after an historic day. voters came out in record numbers. voting whether to legalize same-sex marriage. it was contentious in a traditionally conservative country. >> voters of the republic ireland deciding whether it's time to amend their constitution of gay marriage.
campaigners say that a yes note would give same-sex couples more protection and broader social acceptance. polls suggest the majority of voters. >> did you vote? >> of course i voted. >> you should not have to face being called a homophobe. >> we believe the union of a man and woman in marriage open the pro creation to children is a gift of god who created us, male and female. >> gay rights have changed fast in this historically conservative country. ireland began allowing civil partnerships just four years ago. >> once gay men and lesbians
starting to come out. >> you're now husband and husband. >> several countries have come down on the side of same-sex marriage. last year it became legal in england, wales, and scotland. bringing the total to 18 countries worldwide. some u.s. states allow it, and the supreme court will soon rule whether it's protected by the institution constitution. but the decision in ireland may be influenced by the declining support for the catholic church. >> it was a huge force up until the 1990s but has been weakened by secularization and the candles the scandals the churn has undergone. >> we can change forever what it means to grow up lgbt in ireland. >> it could be even as another defeat in a country whose church
was once its identity was inseparable from its religion. >> look, i'm not in ireland but you don't have to be there to know that this was a huge vote. on the gay irish what are your thoughts on what has transpired in your country. >> something seismic has happened today. we've had a record turnout, a historic turnout greatest turn out the largest numbers seen for a constitutional amendment since 1937. it looks like young people have voted in great numbers and perhaps as well for the outcomes tomorrow.
>> what are your personal thoughts should that outcome hold? >> i think it would be an extraordinary transformation. i think ireland is voting more, and i think the country is making stand for progressive change i think that simple--this is an galvanizing issue. the number of church scandals has diminished the church's standing in the country. and it's allowed people in the shadows to come out and live their lives. equal citizens of the republic, finally. >> but your country is catholic, deeply conservative. it has been one of the toughest places in the western world to be gay.
>> it depends--perhaps in northern ireland that is especially true because of the resistence there is history historical. it is not true in the republic of ireland. it is a conservative vote, but it seems now in the referendum we're looking at young people having come out to vote in record numbers. to vote yes. that is an extraordinary departure. many came out to vote and the majority voted yes. >> reading in the paper and the run up to the roting there is passion on both sides. what do you say to people in ireland who believe as passionately as you believe in this as a civil rights that if
the government pushes this through this would be the end of civilization and pro creation. >> the government are not pushing this through. it's the people who are voting in ref run--ref run --referendums, and they'll be those who chose the fate of those in their own families. there has been a change of republic perception of who gay people are, and i think the irish are reluctant to talk about it too much. i think the majority of the people, i think it's going to be one of the factors. families and knowing people who are gay changes perceptions of who they are. >> yes yes one more for you before i let go.
given ireland's social conservative history if same-sex marriage becomes legal there, would you feel more confident of it happening in america? we know that the supreme court is set to decide the issue and probably just a few weeks. >> i think that in ireland, we were a jewel in the theocratic crown for decades and the church scandals changed that calculous, now the conversation is both forward and back across the atlantic. irish americans see ireland as becoming more progressive in a lot of its policies and politics than the united states. equally, we're seeing that you're about to have a historic supreme court ruling. >> yes yes. >> it seems that the arc of history seems to be trending towards this. i myself was married in the united states. when we came back to ireland our
company involved here? >> well, tony, the plains company has been the subject of local and federal scrutiny before. it has 175 violations since 2006 and it's spills contributed to this small company total $123 million in that time. it has a spotty record up to this time. today there iser there was an announcement that action will be brought against this company. >> we want to make sure as the active investigation proceed there is zero risk of relief while we're conducting the investigation. >> it's clear tony that further
scrutiny will be handed out. the attorney general has sent people down to look at the scene. and great deal--the hammer seems to be slowly copping down on down--coming down on this company. >> take this on for me. is there something in the nature of this industry that makes it more prone to accidents? >> well, the trouble here tony is the sort of decentralized nature of oil companies. oil companies, it isn't like the automakers, a very heavily regulated industry where you think of the big three and it doesn't work that way in the oil industry. it is a lot of very small companies there are hundreds of them across the united states. there is the gulf of mexico fire today. and that company will have added scrutiny on it.
even on that company and this company, if they change their ways and that's two out of hundreds of companies. the decentralized small fractured nature of this industry makes it difficult to make sure that there are kids to improve uniform standards. >> jake ward for us. thank you. essentials are high in olympic i can't washington following the police shooting of two unarmed black men. hundreds of people have gathered to protest the shooting. the men were suspected of trying to steal beer from the store. the officer said that he open fired after they assaulted him with the skateboard. they're expected to survive their injuries, and there is no indication that race played a role in the shooting. race is the topic of al jazeera's new show "third
rail." we'll attempt to answer the question is america a racist country? >> is there any evidence we can provide to white america to let them know that there is a problem. it is not black communities who are unreasonable in suspicions of the police. it's white america whose unreasonable in their suspicions suspicions. >> the question is can we expect this systematically that people of all different backgrounds can be both fairly and equally treated in the eyes of the law by police, by the criminal justice system, by education and the like. that's the question. this is not about defending individual criminals. >> the question is whether we expect individuals to be responsible. i don't know of any white leader who would say let's look at why
people are doing this. we're holding this up to their responsibility. we're calling them thugs and criminals because they they were thugs and criminals. >> that's at on al jazeera 6:00 p.m. eastern and 3:00 p.m. pacific. the wealth gap is only getting wider. the organization for economic corporation and development the oecd examined data from 34 countries, including the united states, and found the gap between the world's wealthiest and poorest people have steadily increased since the 1980s. the wealth gap grew following the recession. and the bottom 40% have seen little or no benefit from the economic recovery. david clay johnston is a pulitzer prize winner who has written about this for years now. david, good to see you and good
to have you on the program. >> glad to be here. >> yes, a pleasure to have you. what happened in this country in the late 1970s on, post world war ii. income was growing more or less in sync until the late 1970s what happens? >> well, several things happen in the u.s. one, all the benefits the u.s. got from having half of the world's productive capacity in world war ii went away as germany and others rebuilt their companies. but fundmently we made a policy shift. we reduced taxons wealth yes people. we stopped enforceing antitrust laws. we undertook a whole series of steps. in my books and elsewhere i've been documenting for years all of these hidden government
policies that no one knew about that take from the many and redistribute upward to the few. for example there are hundreds of thousands of americans who work for companies big companies like general electric, whose state income taxes never get to the state government but are illegally kept by their employers. effectively these companies are being subsidized by their own workers. >> wow, talk to me about globalization. we hear factors like globalization, technology, and what the government does to assist its people as being factors in inequality in america. >> well, whenever you get a large new technology, steal electricity, the internet, there will be people who will make large fortunes and there will be new wealth created. but what has happened in our world, not only do we have global markets, but these markets are operating in a way that they're not benefiting large numbers of people. keep in mind that the oecd, the
34 countries studied they're basically the rich countries. >> exactly. right. is income inequality. we won't talk about wealth inequality. but is income inequality beyond fixing? >> no, we can fix any problem we have. i think we have to understand the nature of the problem. we have to understand the central role of government in using the seattle mechanisms to redistribute upwards. we're not the only country that has them. the british have a lot of them. a number of other countries do. we have to recognize those. we have to raise questions about why are we providing welfare to people who are already very wealthy? and we have to invest in those things that create broader opportunities because the broader we have incomes, the more people who have money to spend the greater of what economists call aggregate demand. imagine you have all the money in the country tommy what are you going to do with it. if you have some of that, more
people will buy houses, cars, and shoes and the whole country would prosper. >> i like that. listen to these stats from a piece we ran earlier this week. over the past four decades of number of high poverty households neighborhoods in major metropolitan areas now that's neighborhoods has tripled. average poverty rate in the big cities has remained unchanged at 24%, and since 2000 the population has entrenched poor has doubled to 4 million people. here's my question to you. when does this level of even he quality stop in america? it's--it's unsustainable. >> it is and it stops when one of two things happen. the awful outcome is when we have a revolution in this country, and i don't want to see that happen. the better outcome is when we stop doing things like subsidize companies to move jobs out of the city into the country.
i'm sitting in the boon town of the 1800s. this was silicon valley, seattle, all wrapped into one in rochester, new york. even though we have billion narrows who live in the suburbs and wealthy people in the city, every sixth person you meet in the city of rochester lives in extreme poverty. that is less than half the poverty line. we need to recognize that we have to put jobs in places where people are. we have to restore transit if we're going to require people to have to go somewhere. all over over the country we subsidize moving jobs out of the city and where they would need a car to get to work. >> david kay johnston. you're going to be seeing him on this program quite a bit. he's a columnist for al jazeera america. good weekend to you. thank you. ruling is expected soon in a lawsuit over controversial
federal policy that requires undocumented immigrant mothers and their children to be held in detention centers. some families have sued the u.s. government saying that the facilities in texas and pennsylvania are too much like prisons. erica is here with more. >> that lawsuit is against the government and it has a few immigration detention centers like the one we saw in pennsylvania on the verge of closing. which means roughly 1,000 migrants staying in these centers are uncertain. confined corridors and armed guards make these places more like minimum security prison camps rather than residential centers they're supposed to be. they say that the conditions are not liveable, particularly for children. the federal officials say that the centers are the best way to keep families together. warning if they shut down mothers could be separated from their children. we sat down with one woman who ran away from violence in her home country of honduras only to be locked in this center with
her young son for more than a year. she has been recently released. she described what life was like on the inside. >> in reality it is a prison. it is a jail. it was so bad for us living in a this place. we would cry every day. ultimately my son stopped eating and so did i for a while. >> she went on to say that the armed guards regularly called the residents garbage. we'll have much more on christina's emotional story from being detained to being released, and why she said that the american government is still treating her like a criminal even to this day. that's coming up at 8:00. >> can't wait. the united states said it is prepared to help search for some 3,000 migrants who may be adrift at sea. thousands of rohingya muslims are escaping persecution in myanmar. people are leaving bangladesh
for economic reasons. 3,000 migrants have landed in malaysia and indonesia and many more believed to be at sea on overcrowded sea. the indonesian navy has boats out searching for migrants. in the past the navy had september them away but policies have changed. >> searching the sea for boats carrying rohingya fleeing persecution at moment. the indonesian navy search waterers where their stranded votes have been spotted before. now indonesia and malaysia have agreed to give them shelter. international organizations have asked that thousands of migrants who are still at sea these figures cannot be verified. the united states announced it will stop air patrols to find more boats. those who have been rescued are still recovering from their month at sea.
this woman with her four shall children were trying to reach her husband in malaysia. children running high fevers when they arrived at hospital, still in shock with the horrors they witnessed. >> when people were nearly dead they were thrown in the sea. four men were killed in front of me. people jumped into the sea because they were scared. >> nearly two thousand boat migrants found shelter in the past week. indonesia has agreed they can stay for one year, but then it's up to the u.n. and high commission for refugees to resettle them. while the people here were keen to help those who were stranded at sea the local government is urging international organizations and government to find solutions to house the rohingya as soon as possible. they say they're struggling to find the asylum seekers
necessary care. >> we want them to be resettled as soon as possible because it's quite a burden for the provincial government. it has a lot to do already. it all depends on immigration who are still looking at their refugee status. >> the provincial government said it will do all it can to help as more boats arrived. according to the unhcr the focus is on rescuing people and the decision for a more permanent home for the rohingya must come later. >> so in malaysia private groups are joining the government and trying to help the migrants. they're collecting food and other items. rob mcbride are in malaysia and has the story. >> a number of organizations have been lining up behind the government's efforts in what seems to be acommunal effort to get the aid that migrants are likely to need. they're buying up the absolute
essentials. the instant food, instant noodles, business cuts, most important water that the migrant boats are likely to need as they come in from maybe months at sea. other more substantial aid will come later on. the idea is that all of this food is then held by the maritime services here, and then go out to meet migrant boats as they come in. in the past when this migrant boat crisis first began these groups play have got in trouble with the authorities. these were, after all considered illegal migrants. you cannot go out and start giving them aid and ask them to come ashore. now they're encouraged to come up with essentials. to come up with food aid to help these people as they do come ashore. >> we will talk to those standing by with the provincial because it could be at any time. we're glad to open up the doors for ngos such as us and people who want to come in and
contribute for this aid. >> both ma lay malaysia and indonesia have provided assistance for up to 7,000 newcomers. what happens if they're confronted with more than that, but the immediate concerns are providing the provisions and help for people who are thought to be out at sea. >> well, president obama said that israel's security is paramount and any nuclear deal reached with iran. the president spoke at a synagogue in washington to mark jewish-american heritage month. he said despite disagreements with israel's prime minister, israel needs to know that the u.s. always has it's back. millions of drivers hitting the road this weekend. plus new technology that helps paralyzed people use robotic limbs using their minds.
>> the russian government is threatening to ban some of the biggest sites on the internet. russia wants google, twitter and facebook to hand over data on russian bloggers and allow the kremlin to block certain webs. if they don't the sites will be in violation of russian internet laws. russia has passed a series of internet-controlled laws in recent years critics say amount to censorship. millions of americans are hitting the roads for this memorial day weekend. >> tony, memorial day traditionally kicks off the summer driving season, and that usually means higher gas prices. but this year we're seeing the lowest prices at the dump heading into the weekend since 2009. the reason comes down to oil. it's cheaper now. crude oil prices settled at
5,972 cents a barely. what a difference that's making for americans who are hitting the road this weekend. triple-a thinks that 33 million travel letters take their cars out this weekend. that's six million more than same time last year. that's fueled in part for by the big drop in gas that's $0.91 lower than it was this time last year. believe it or not prices are up from even lower levels back in january and february. even sow the over all savings at the pump turn into $650 a year for american families. that's according to data that's crunched by the energy department. one disclaimer. forecasters say that both oil and gas prices are going up later this summer. now is a good time to get out on the highway because it will cost you more in the coming months. >> aly, appreciate it.
you can watch ali velshi on target right here on al jazeera america. health officials are tracking a salmonella outbreak linked to sushi. 53 people have gotten sick in several different states. most of them said they got sick eating sushi with raw tuna. >> coming up at 8:00, senator john mccain said its time for american boots on the ground. is the obama administration considering that option? a drug called floca and it's becoming a problem across south florida. and bringing a community together. how the shooting death of a high school basketball player is being used as a lesson to stop violence in one new jersey town. and judy collins on stardom, and how social activism changed
since then. >> post traumatic stress in our soldiers who are coming back to poor healthcare, lack of understanding, the fact that we can't get our congress to work and to do the things for the middle class to raise the minute wage. to give teachers the things they need and the support they need. they seem to get mad about a lot of things. yes, i was always politically inclined. >> we'll have that conversation and all those stories coming up in just about five minutes. >> for a certain group of men and women the who are paralyzed are now able to control prosthetic limbs using their brains. as caroline malone explains, the results can be life changing. >> great strides are being made in bionic technology. eric soto, who has been paralyzed since being shot 13 years ago now has the ability to move a limb again.
>> some we found out having small conversation helps the activity to move along smoother. some i have to be quiet. if i get frustrated everything goes down hill and the activity won't work at all. >> it is not his arm but he's able to do one crucial thing he couldn't do before. pick up a bottle and drink on his own. soto is the first person to have a neuroprosthetic device implanted in the part of the brain where intentions are made. when he thinks about moving, it activates a prosthetic. he's not the only one benefiting from this amazing new technology. a bionic leg that he uses his mind to control. doctors implanted sensors in his remaining leg which picks up brain signals and links them to the prosthetic. >> as soon as i put my foot on it took me ten minutes to get control of it, and i could stand up and walk away. >> lee lost both of his arms
when he was elect try cuted 40 years ago. he was the first person to parole two prosthetic limbs with technology. scientists think it's only the beginning. >> it's not just the accomplishment but the opening of frontiers and realizing there is so much more to learn. >> jan is a quadriplegic, usually only able to move her neck and head. but with probes on her brain she's learning to move prosthetic limbs as well. >> they say that was all you. that was not the computer doing it. that was all you. i just can't stop smiling. it's so cool. i'm moving things. i have not moved things for about ten years. >> eric soto had his sensors surgically implanted in his brain. another break through in the development of this mind control technology. as it turns out there is a lot that can be achieved just by thinking about it. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> and a happy birthday to the most successful coin operated
hi, everyone. this is al jazeera america, i'm john seigenthaler. [ gunfire ] the ground option - should u.s. troops return to iraq? a closer look at the military strategy against i.s.i.l. and the political forces at play decision day for detained mothers and children undocumented and awaiting a verdict that could set them free designer drug fluca, highly addictive and